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Bears unlucky in final minutes

The Bears took on Garden City on Sunday 10th of March looking to continue their positive start to the season. Garden City piled the pressure on early with the Bears struggling to maintain possession. For all Garden Cities early possession the Bears held firm until midway through the first half after a mix up between Kyle Overton and Stuart Hope resulted in an own goal gifting Garden City the lead. The Bears looked to bounce back and had a big chance just before half time when Mark Johnson was played through by Lachlan Cardillo, Johnson cut back onto his left foot but blazed just over the crossbar. A very physical and even first half finished with Garden City leading 1-0.

The second half the Bears started brightly and should have equalised when the impressive Johnson headed a ball back across goal to an unmarked Tim Taylor however, Taylor was unable to find the back of the net seeing his header crash back into play of the crossbar. Against the run of play Garden City did grab a second when the Bears failed to clear there lines allowing Garden City to slot home from close range. The bears though didn’t give up and grabbed a goal back midway through the first half after some good hold up play from Lachlan Cardillo, Mark Johnson found himself through on goal with a pin point left foot volley into the bottom corner. The Bears equalised shortly after that when Matt Kusters timed his run to perfection from a Ross Cardillo corner and hammered home a header from close range.

The game started to become stretched with both teams pushing for a winner. But it was Garden City who took the win. They swung an inch perfect corner to the back post where their tall timber was arriving and the Bears were unable to stop garden City’s N. Strickland from claiming the winner with a bullet header.

The Bears will look to dust themselves off when they take on USQ in their first Home Game of the season. There were plenty of positives to take out of the game for a youthful Bears side that were unlucky on the day.

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